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Machado and Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper, 26, who is still a free agent, were the cream of this winter's free agent crop but saw their markets freeze up due to team's balking at their asking prices. Harper has been linked to the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, and is expected to choose his destination soon and is expected to sign a deal even larger than Machado's. "How do you justify it?'" Steinbrenner said in November. He made a modest $34 million over six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (and a half-season with the Los Angeles Dodgers). "Still in a little bit of disbelief". The Padres hold their first full team workout of spring training on Tuesday. "Jerry, in particular, really stepped up", he said. "He's selected a club and we have to continue to do what we've been doing since the beginning, which is focus on the guys we have in the room".

Meanwhile, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said the team had to "quickly move on from" Machado's decision.

"If the acceptance of the offer that I'm seeing is true, then actually our offer had the opportunity for Manny to surpass that".

The White Sox finished 2018 with a 62-100 record and missed the playoffs for a 10th straight season. The Padres and the Chicago White Sox have been linked to Harper, too, though it seems highly unlikely that Harper would sign with them. But in the end we went after the guy and we didn't get him.

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But for as great as Jimenez is, he won't get called up to the majors until late April at the earliest due to service time contract minutiae that would allow the White Sox to control him for an additional year.

Yoan Moncada was once thought to the No.1 prospect in baseball.

With the top ranked farm system in the league, Machado will take the field at Petco Park with some of the best young talent in the game in the likes of Luis Urias and top shortstop prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. The White Sox will instead have to make do in 2019 with what they already have and the realization they came oh-so-close to signing one of the top hitters in the game.